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Pinterest Challenge: DIY Feed Sack Bulletin Board

Last weekend I got crafty and decided to take inspiration from Jones Design Company’s coffee bag bulletin board – to make my own so that I could take part in the Pinterest Challenge from Young House Love and Bower Power.
Here’s my inspiration pin:

And here’s the materials I started with:

Corkboard Redo

This bulletin board has had a couple of different looks since I got in 2009. You can see it in my old apartment and in our previous townhouse.

The first step was to take the frame apart and rebuild it so it would fit in a smaller space in our kitchen. I measured the width and then prepared to rebuild. Once I had the pieces cut (I used a small handsaw), I re-glued the corners with Ecoglue. I left the resized frame out to dry overnight.

Corkboard Redo

The corners that I cut were not perfect, so on Sunday I spackled the holes. To add support, I used small tacks to attach cardboard corners to the back of the frame.

Corkboard Redo

I built the corkboard itself with a piece of cardboard and cork from Target (for about $6). I cut the cork to fit the cardboard. I originally bought the feed sack off of eBay for about $14; I was drawn to it because of the word Producer (I’m a web producer), and because it’s from Minnesota (where I lived as a kiddo), and it to matches the colors we’re working with in the kitchen. I laid the feedsack out to see how it would line up in the frame, and then cut it up the back so I could center the writing on the corkboard. To attach it to the board, I first pinned and then taped it down.
Corkboard Redo

Lastly, I painted the frame. It started as a bright white, and I initially thought a yellow might work. Yellow clashed with the feed sack so I pulled out some green paint that we’d gotten as part of a promo at Ace Hardware.
Corkboard Redo

And here’s the finished product! I love how the frame color plays off the green in the feed sack. It’s a fresh take on the Jones Company original, and isn’t it funny that both of the sacks come from the Great Lakes?

Corkboard Redo

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  • Keri Pike
    March 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I love this idea Paula! As matter of fact, I was just looking at some ideas similar to this yesterday for my own home. Getting ready to do some Spring clean/decor changes soon and this had been added to the list :] I love the colors. Those are colors I’m using, along with an aqua to add to it! Love this!